Disney Parks After Dark: Día de los Muertos in Frontierland at Disneyland Park
by Joshua Sudock, Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer
Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark photography takes us to Frontierland at Disneyland park, where Día de los Muertos has returned to the Zócalo Park area, between Rancho del Zócalo Restaurante and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Colorful flower arrangements – anchored by marigolds – abound. Papel picado and colorful lights dangle from above. A trio of skeleton musicians, inspired by works of traditional Mexican folk art, don sombreros. You might also spot a sarape or two. An ofrenda, adorned with sugar skulls known as “calaveras,” sits at the heart of Zócalo Park. A sculpture of La Catrina towers gracefully above it all. Meanwhile, nearby Rancho del Zócalo Restaurante cooks-up delicious Mexican cuisine for lunch and dinner – that smell makes my mouth water!
During your next visit to Disneyland park – between churros, attractions, shows and character encounters – set aside a few minutes to remember your ancestors, explore the décor, and savor all of the Día de los Muertos offerings.
Día de los Muertos can be experienced at Disneyland park now through Nov. 4.
For those of you who appreciate the inside workings of photography: this month’s photographs were made using a tripod, cable release and 24-105mm lens (locked at 24mm). The camera was set to ISO 100, aperture f/4, and exposed between 1/1.3 and 1/2.5 of a second. I ran a custom white balance based on grey card metering. And, it’s a minor detail that was totally out of my control, but I love what the clouds are doing in La Catrina photograph.